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The Island of Mending Hearts - Tim Ashley

The Island of Mending Hearts

Paperback Published: 10th March 2004
ISBN: 9781902852478
Number Of Pages: 300

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""Suicide is like masturbation; they both like to veil their obscenity with metaphor, using the back doors of language to introduce their unacceptable intent. So I wasn't going to kill myself; I just wanted to end it all.""Straight, 40-something Michael plans to throw himself from a cruise ship, but instead procrastinates his suicide all the way to the gay mecca of Key West. Once onshore, he finds, first, a city with a fascinating history; second, a series of brutal and anonymous sexual encounters; and, finally and surprisingly, a cast of interesting new friends, both male and female-including the beautiful Alex-who eventually help Michael adjust to his new gay self.This is intelligent, accessible writing about how one man comes to terms with himself; a life-affirming novel which deals with the wider meaning of "community"-social, sexual, racial. Subplots are based on geography, art and architecture, and explore the history and heritage of Key West, as well as expanding on the novel's central metaphor,of the palimpsest. For Michael, like the -palimpsest itself, is a man with two stories, and a man who risks having one story erased to make room for the next."A rich and complex emotional journey."-Patrick GaleTim Ashley lives in London. "The Island of Mending Hearts" is his first novel.

Prologuep. 1
A Kind of Innocencep. 3
Cruisep. 5
Drowningp. 14
Paradisep. 25
An Invitationp. 29
Banana Republicp. 33
Outerwearp. 37
Partyp. 45
Another Surprisep. 48
Over the Rainbowp. 57
A Familiar Dreamp. 62
Underwearp. 65
I Spyp. 70
An Intimate Touchp. 83
A Shaft of Lightp. 85
Where Do You Go To?p. 89
Buttocks & BarFlyzp. 96
A Light?p. 99
If the Bike Fitsp. 105
The Fine Printp. 110
An Angelp. 126
No Plastersp. 133
Peggy's Palimpsestp. 136
Heading Out of Townp. 141
Just a Saladp. 145
Alone in My Bed?p. 149
All Donationsp. 160
Knock on Woodp. 165
Fallingp. 173
Bad Newsp. 175
A Time of Loathingp. 178
Horny at Atlantic Shoresp. 180
Out Latep. 183
A Shot at Redemptionp. 191
The Prince of Pride Streetp. 193
I Want to Get Inside Your Headp. 195
A Letter and a Lessonp. 203
Night of the Iguanap. 208
Cutting Loosep. 214
At Homep. 223
Turning the Handlep. 232
Showtimep. 237
The Final Piecep. 247
What Goes Aroundp. 250
Decision Timep. 252
Dad's Swansongp. 257
Epiloguep. 259
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ISBN: 9781902852478
ISBN-10: 1902852478
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 10th March 2004
Publisher: Millivres-Prowler Group Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 12.7  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.3